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(from Maggie Pitts, IALSP President)

The International Association of Language and Social Psychology in conjunction with the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology ICLASP16 is pleased to offer our first ever post-conference writing retreat!

IALSP members, ICLASP attendees, and guests are invited to join us in beautiful Canmore, Alberta, Canada June 24-25th, 2018, for a writing experience in outskirts of one of Canada’s national treasures, the Banff National Park. The writing retreat is an opportunity to expand and deepen the fellowship and scholarship inspired by the ICLASP16.

With guided facilitators and plenty of time for private writing, participants will consider how to move writing projects forward, develop individualized writing practices that foster good writing habits, and importantly create a writing plan for knowledge and science translation. Shared meals and opportunities for walking and dining tours and yoga complete this experience.

For more information, see: or email Maggie Pitts current IALSP President at

You can also download an informational flyer here [PDF].

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for April 2018 is:

Carrie, E., & McKenzie, R. M. (2018) American or British? L2 speakers’ recognition and evaluations of accent features of EnglishJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(4), 313-328.


Recent language attitude research has attended to the processes involved in identifying and evaluating spoken language varieties. This article investigates the ability of second-language learners of English in Spain (N = 71) to identify Received Pronunciation (RP) and General American (GenAm) speech and their perceptions of linguistic variation between these speech varieties. Data were gathered using a verbal-guise experiment in which respondents identified speakers’ places of origin and stated the reasons for their categorisations. Quantitative data analysis demonstrated high recognition rates for RP speakers, more often correctly identified than GenAm speakers. Qualitative data analysis showed that respondents’ knowledge of phonological variation informed the identification process and they often stated which linguistic features formed part of their mental representations of RP and GenAm. Additional resources informed accent recognition, including perceived linguistic quality, intelligibility, familiarity, and cultural associations. Patterns of misidentification revealed that, when GenAm was inaccurately identified as RP, it was ascribed high status. The findings provide an insight into the strategies, conceptual frameworks, and linguistic features which inform the accent identification process as performed by English-language learners in Spain. The results also highlight the usefulness of variety recognition items in interpreting attitudinal evaluations, especially with regard to patterns of misidentification.


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Frontiers in Psychology will be publishing a Special Issue on “Why People Gossip and What it Brings About: Motives for, and Consequences of, Informal Evaluative Information Exchange.”

The call for papers is available at

The deadline for abstract submissions is August 24, 2018, and full paper submissions will be due on Nov 23, 2018. Submissions can be uploaded via

Guest Editors:
Myriam Bechtoldt ( ), EBS University of Business and Law; Bianca Beersma ( ), VU University Amsterdam; Maria Dijkstra, ( ), VU University Amsterdam

The guest editors of this special issue can answer any questions and can be contacted directly at the email addresses above.

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for February/March 2018 is:

Vincze, L., Gasiorek, J., & Dragojevic, M. (2017). Little chance for divergence: The role of interlocutor language constraint in online bilingual accommodation. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 27(3), 608–620. doi: 10.1111/ijal.12164



Drawing on communication accommodation theory, the present paper explored how affective (i.e. identity related) and cognitive (i.e. comprehension related) motives drive young Swedish‐speaking Finns to use Swedish in online communication when interacting with Finnish speakers. Questionnaire data were collected among Swedish‐speaking secondary school students (N = 124). A Bayesian moderated mediation revealed that the use of Swedish was guided both by cognitive and affective motives. Furthermore, affective motives were stronger predictors of language behaviour in cases where participants did not perceive they were restricted by interlocutors’ competence in Swedish. However, a similar effect was not detected for cognitive motives. Findings and their theoretical implications are discussed with respect to bilingual accommodation.